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“Small but interesting zoo in the desert” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
47-900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-5694
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Palm Desert
Type: Natural History Museums, Deserts, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Owner description: The botanical gardens of this park offer great opportunities to see desert vegetation.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Small but interesting zoo in the desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We have visited this zoo just south of Palm Desert CA several times and decided to go again this year as it was a cool day. Zoo has basically tow parts to it - 1) Africa and 2) North America. Animals typical for the regions are housed in each section. Park (zoo) is relatively small which is good for HOT days and it can get very hot so go early and take lots of water. You can pay an extra $6 per person and hop on and off small trolly cars to get around the park but we chose to walk. Besides animals there are several botanical gardens at the zoo. Great place for kids and adults.

Visited March 2012
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Oliver, Canada
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

It was a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. We sent several times as there is a lot of walking if you want to see everything. There is a train but we wanted to walk so we didn't miss any of this fantastic place

Visited February 2012
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“Really enjoyable place to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

I really really enjoyed being here even though it was SUPER hot. However, there are lots of H2O fountains. It's set up really well.

The diversity of cacti is spectacular as well as the way it is set up. It is not every day you get to see all desert animals AND in a desert setting. This is a place I'd go back to again. It was worth the price of admission for sure.

Visited July 2011
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Palm Desert
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“Animal show - fun and surprising”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Animal show was fun and surprising. Nicely labeled plants. Good exhibits of bighorn sheep, wolves, antelopes, etc.

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“Good way to spend the day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Living Desert is an interesting mixture of Zoo and Gardens. The garden trails take one to different types of gardens; desert, tropical, shady, cactus to name a few. Plaques along the trails give information on the plants and also what they were used for by native peoples. The zoo part of the Living Desert has a limited number of animals but enough to be interesting. The enclosures for the animals are clean and varied to keep them content. The first time I visited with my daughter we were there for most of the day. There are also hikes from the Living Desert that take you out into the desert or to where you can see evidence the the San Andreas fault. There is also an awesome model train setup!

Visited March 2012
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